8 bodies found, may be kidnapped workers from Mexican resort
Eight bodies were found Saturday on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, and they appear to be those of eight men apparently kidnapped from a resort on the Caribbean coast. Prosecutors in the state of Yucatan said the bodies were probably those of men reported abducted in the laid-back beach town of Xcalak. Xcalak, which is sometimes spelled Xcalac — the spelling used by prosecutors — is located on the southern tip of Mexico’s Caribbean coast, near Belize.news.yahoo.com
Feds seize meth worth more than $4 million at Texas cargo facility
Pharr meth bust Packages containing nearly 311 pounds of methamphetamine were seized Friday, June 17, 2022, by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pharr International Bridge Cargo Facility. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers recently thwarted a substantial methamphetamine smuggling attempt at the Pharr International Bridge Cargo Facility in Texas. >> Read more trending newsAccording to a news release, the officers encountered a commercial tractor-trailer arriving from Mexico, inside which they discovered 1,200 individually wrapped packages containing suspected meth. The June 17 bust netted nearly 311 pounds of the suspected narcotic with an estimated street value of $4.3 million, the agency stated. The agency seized both the narcotics and the tractor-trailer, while the case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.wftv.com
Mexico climber dies scaling active, off-limits volcano
A woman mountain climber in Mexico died and a climbing companion was injured when they scaled the highly active, off-limits peak of the Popocatepetl volcano. Mexico’s volunteer Mountain Rescue and Assistance Brigade confirmed Friday that the climbers fell into a gully about 1,000 feet (300 meters) from the volcano’s crater, suggesting they had reached the crater or near it. Valentín Martínez Castillo, the mayor of the nearby town of Ozumba, identified the dead woman as a 22-year-old resident of the town.news.yahoo.com
Border Patrol paroles migrants to avoid massive overcrowding
Inside, hundreds of migrants are eating, charging phones and using temporary bathrooms and showers. Within a few hours, a security guard escorts them to a gravel lot out front, where commercial buses take them from the remote Texas town of Eagle Pass to the San Antonio International Airport for $40. The nonprofit group outgrew a church and moved to the warehouse in April amid the Biden administration’s rapidly expanding practice of releasing migrants on parole, particularly those who are not subject to a pandemic rule that prevents migrants from seeking asylum.news.yahoo.com
Massive blackout hits Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula
A massive electricity blackout hit Mexico’s resort-studded Yucatan Peninsula Wednesday, leaving as many as 1.3 million customers with power. The blackout affected almost two-thirds of households in the states of Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo, where resorts like Cancun and Tulum are located. The country’s Federal Electricity Commission said the blackout was caused by an accident involving an employee doing maintenance work on a high-tension line.news.yahoo.com
Two Jesuit priests killed in Mexican area torn by drug violence
The religious order demanded justice and the return of the bodies of the Mexican priests, which were removed by the armed men. “The Sierra Tarahumara, like many other regions of the country, suffers violence and neglect,” their statement read. “They killed him, then the priests emerged, and it seems they were killed too,” he said. About 30 Indigenous leaders have been killed in the region in the past two decades, according to Mexican news reports. “The Jesuits of Mexico will not be silent about the reality that lacerates our society,” their statement said.washingtonpost.com
Monterrey suffers weeks-long water cutoff amid drought
Mexico Drought Neighbors wait with plastic containers in hand to collect water at a public collection point in Monterrey, Mexico, Monday, June 20, 2022. “We are panicked, because we don’t know when the water will come back on,” said 60-year-old Monterrey resident María del Carmen Lara. They currently hold only 45%, 2% and 8% of their capacity, and city authorities say the two lowest dams had only a few days’ worth of water left. For decades, the state’s water planning essentially came down to waiting for a hurricane in the Gulf to swell local rivers. According to the North American Drought Monitor, a cooperative effort between drought experts in Canada, Mexico and the United States, 56% of Mexico is experiencing some level of drought.wftv.com
Celia, Blas weaken, but still bring heavy rain, surf
MEXICO CITY — (AP) — Celia weakened to a tropical depression off Central America Saturday, as Tropical Storm Blas headed out to sea off Mexico’s southern Pacific coast. Celia is expected to remain off the coast of El Salvador and Guatemala over the weekend before moving west, toward Mexico, next week. The depression could still bring large rainfalls to the already-soaked Central American countries, and could regenerate into a storm. The Hurricane Center said Celia had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph) and was about 80 miles (130 kms) south-southwest of San Salvador. Tropical Storm Blas continued to weaken Saturday in the Pacific.wftv.com
Hurricane Blas heads out to sea off southern Mexico
MEXICO CITY — (AP) — Hurricane Blas was heading out to sea off Mexico’s southern Pacific coast Friday, but a tropical depression has also formed off Central America. The Hurricane Center said Blas had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (140 kph) at midafternoon. Forecasters expected Blas to start weakening Friday night as it stayed over open waters and moved farther out into the Pacific. But they added that the hurricane was bringing dangerous surf to the Pacific coast. The region was battered when Hurricane Agatha, came ashore near Puerto Angel on May 30 with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph (165 kph).wftv.com
10 gunmen dead in shootout with police in central Mexico
MEXICO CITY — (AP) — A shootout between police, soldiers and gunmen in central Mexico left ten suspects dead and four wounded on Tuesday. Prosecutors in the State of Mexico, which borders Mexico City, said three detectives were also wounded in the gun battle. The shooting occurred Tuesday about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southwest of Mexico City, in the town of Texcaltitlan, when the suspects opened fire on police. Prosecutors said the detectives seized 20 rifles, pistols and military-style uniforms and bulletproof vests at the scene. The area has been the scene of frequent killings and extortion by drug gangs.wftv.com
Biden, leaders reach migration pact despite attendance flap
Americas Summit Biden From left, Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso, President Joe Biden and Colombian President Ivan Duque motion during a meeting on migration at the Summit of the Americas, Friday, June 10, 2022, in Los Angeles. Leaders of Mexico and several Central American countries sent top diplomats instead after the U.S. excluded Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. President Guillermo Lasso of Ecuador last week announced temporary status for Venezuelans in his country, estimated to be around 500,000. “The two most dangerous phenomena are xenophobia and indifference, and I believe we have managed to conquer both (in Colombia),” Duque said. The responses of Colombia and Ecuador cannot be replicated, said José Samaniego, the U.N. refugee agency's regional director for the Americas.wftv.com
Battered bodies of 7 men dumped on road in Mexico
MEXICO CITY — (AP) — Authorities on the Gulf coast of Mexico said the bodies of seven men have been found dumped on a roadway in the Huasteca region, long popular among tourists. Prosecutors in San Luis Potosi state said late Thursday the bodies did not appear to be from the township of Aquismon, and may have been killed elsewhere and dumped in the rural area. Photos of the bodies showed extensive bruising on the corpses, suggesting they had been beaten. The messages were signed “Valles Operation O.B.,” apparently a reference to a rival gang. The Huasteca region has long been popular with Mexican tourists for its waterfalls and crystalline rivers.wftv.com
Biden, leaders reach migration pact despite attendance flap
Americas Summit Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso and first lady María de Lourdes Alcívar arrive for a dinner at the Getty Villa during the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 9, 2022. Leaders of Mexico and several Central American countries sent top diplomats instead after the U.S. excluded Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. He said at a panel discussion Tuesday that his country was paying back the generosity of Spain and the United States for welcoming large numbers of Ecuadoreans who fled more than two decades ago. “It’s a hemispheric challenge,” he said in an interview, singling out Colombia, Ecuador and Costa Rica for hosting large numbers of migrants. The responses of Colombia and Ecuador cannot be replicated, said José Samaniego, the U.N. refugee agency's regional director for the Americas.wftv.com
Heavy rain hits Florida, flooding strands Miami vehicles
Cuba Tropical Weather Residents wade through a street flooded by heavy rains, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, June 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) (Ramon Espinosa)Parts of South Florida were experiencing road flooding from heavy rain and wind Saturday as a storm system that battered Mexico moved across the state. Heavy rainfall continued Saturday, but was diminishing as the weather system moved away from the island. Canal levels in South Florida have been lowered to minimize flooding from heavy rains. The National Hurricane Center predicts that rainfall up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) is possible in South Florida, including the Florida Keys.wftv.com
Big cross-border tunnel found linking Tijuana, San Diego
Authorities have announced the discovery of a major drug smuggling tunnel — running about the length of a six football fields — from Mexico to a warehouse in an industrial area in the U.S. The cross-border tunnel from Tijuana to the San Diego area was built in one of the most fortified stretches of the border, illustrating the limitations of border walls.
US quietly expands asylum limits while preparing to end them
Officials say the Biden administration has begun expelling Cubans and Nicaraguans to Mexico under pandemic-related powers that deny migrants a chance to seek asylum, expanding use of the rule even as it publicly says it has been trying to unwind it.
Will the U.S. men blow their chance for a World Cup spot, like they did for the 2018 event?
Nearly five years after the United States men’s national soccer team famously blew a spot in the 2018 World Cup by losing to a vastly inferior Trinidad and Tobago squad in October of 2017 in the final game of qualifying, the moment of redemption has finally arrived for the Americans.
Zverev fined $40K, loses prize money, points for outburst
Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Alexander Zverev has been fined $40,000 by the ATP and will forfeit more than $30,000 in prize money and all rankings points from the Mexican Open after hitting the chair umpire’s stand with his racket following a loss in doubles at the tournament.